Francesco is a Policy Researcher at Open Future. He holds a Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University. Currently, he is completing a Master’s Degree in European Affairs with a specialization in Digital, New Technology & Public Policy at SciencesPo Paris. He is writing his Master thesis on the intersection of online campaigning and politics by investigating whether Facebook use by populist parties constitutes an electoral weapon for their growing success in Europe.
Before joining Open Future, Francesco interned as an external consultant at the OECD Directorate of Science, Technology & Innovation. Likewise, he interned in the Tech for Good department at Nesta Italia and at the ALDA headquarters in the Council of Europe.
In addition, Francesco has previous experience in project leadership as he worked as a Topic Manager for Student Forum Maastricht, where he guided the drafting process of a policy proposal to the European Commission on public sector digitization. Similarly, he was the co-lead of the Digital Democracy cycle of the Institute for Internet & the Just Society where he managed pro-bono research projects on issues related to internet governance.
Francesco has recently moved to Amsterdam. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing golf and basketball, and reconnecting with his Dutch language heritage.